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What Makes A Good Manager Great?

Jan 31, 2008
There are so many managers out there in positions of authority who make terrible managers and are definitely not the greatest managers in the world. Because of this, truly brilliant managers are always in demand - and if you happen to be a great manager, then expect to earn more than your peers.

Different Types Of Managers

The first type of manager is the bad manager who doesn't last in any position of authority for too long. They behave erratically and don't understand how to manage and effectively guide their teams, or know how to produce results. They always mix their ego in with their job functions and have extremely high turnover rates for their team members - and thus, their careers.

Unfortunately, there are quite a few bad managers in top positions today. Perhaps this is the biggest reason why companies make so many operational errors and don't realize why there is low morale throughout the company.

The second type of manager is the good manager. These are the "B" and "C" students in their professions. These managers are quite knowledgeable and know enough to get the job done properly and produce outstanding results. But, good managers can never do better than this - even if they wanted to. Of course, good managers are a notch above the bad ones and their turnover rate isn't that drastic, but they certainly never see the overall picture or exceed expectations.

Good managers are often happy to stay in the position they already are in. However, they are honest and reliable and form an essential part of the organization. Everyone loves good managers and they are a precious tool to boost the spirit and morale of their employees.

The Great Manager - Not An Oxymoron

However, the highest-level managers are the great managers. Great managers tend to exceed expectations consistently and have a clear perception of what it is that they want and how to deliver it. These are the company's heroes who produce over and over again. Since they understand how to motivate, delegate and follow up, they can achieve almost anything - and that too, with much less energy spent.

Without great managers it would be practically impossible to get any work done. And long-term goals would never be accomplished. They are the captains of the ship, sailing their beloved ships into uncharted waters but still knowing where they are headed. Great managers know exactly how to get the job done and to be a success. Since they are born winners, they feel that any misjudgment or mistake can be overcome with the right plan of action.

Great managers are rare and precious assets that most organizations cherish, as they are the ones who generate revenue for the organization. They have the ability to think outside the box and are unafraid of taking new and untested actions. What's more, they aren't afraid of ruffling a couple of feathers in order to get work done. Without great managers there wouldn't be any economy or successful businesses to speak of.
About the Author
Tony Jacowski is a quality analyst for The MBA Journal. Aveta Solution's Six Sigma Online offers online six sigma training and certification classes for lean six sigma, black belts, green belts, and yellow belts.
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